Make socio-eco profile of elected women in panchayts: Panel

A Parliamentary Committee on Thursday told the government to ensure that socio-economic profile of Elected Women Representatives (EWR) in the PRI was prepared at the earliest as only a rough figure was available at present.

Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 00:51 AM IST

New Delhi: A Parliamentary Committee on Thursday
told the government to ensure that socio-economic profile of
Elected Women Representatives (EWR) in the Panchayati Raj
Institutions (PRI) was prepared at the earliest as only a
rough figure was available at present.
The recommendation was among many made in a report tabled
in Lok Sabha by the Committee on Empowerment of Women.

"The Ministry of Panchayati Raj had got a nationwide
survey through AC Neilsen-ORG Marg, covering 23 states, 114
districts and 228 blocks and 1368 gram panchayats, of which,
907 were women-headed gram panchayats," the committee report
said.

It said that this only gave a rough picture regarding the
presence of EWRs in PRIs and thus it has recommended the
ministry to tell state election commissions to prepare a
comprehensive/complete data bank on the socio-economic
profile.

The committee also said there was a need for a separate
and exclusive training programme on the principle of
continuous and comprehensive training for EWRs in governance.
The Parliamentary Committee was also of the view that
panchayat officials be made responsible for preventing proxy
participation and strict action may be initiated against them.

It also recommended that government reconsider the
provision in the Panchayati Raj Act of disqualifying persons
having more than two children from becoming panchayat members.

PTI